Despite being on injured reserve, Jerick McKinnon is still finding a way to contribute to his team’s playoff run.
The San Francisco 49ers running back, who has yet to play in a single game for them due to a torn ACL, has been giving his teammates tips for Saturday’s divisional playoff matchup against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings.
“He just sent us a text about how certain guys play,” said Niners leading rusher Raheem Mostert, per Cam Inman of The Mercury News. “He’s giving us pointers like, ‘This is what you should expect out of this guy,’ or, ‘This is how this linebacker plays.’”
The 27-year-old McKinnon played for the Vikings for four seasons from 2014 to 2017 before signing with the 49ers as a free agent in 2018. He suffered the ACL injury in September of that year however and a setback in training camp this year derailed his 2019 campaign as well.
In spite of his absence, McKinnon’s teammates have gone out of their way recently to show their support for him, and he is returning the favor in kind.
Jerick McKinnon has not been able to get onto the field for the San Francisco 49ers since he signed with them prior to the 2018 season, but his teammates want to make sure he feels like he is a part of the special year they are having.
McKinnon suffered a torn ACL before the regular season last year, and he had multiple setbacks during his recovery. He then underwent a second surgery this past September and was ruled out for 2019. For their flight to Arizona for this week’s game against the Cardinals, the 49ers’ running back group decided to honor McKinnon by all wearing his No. 28 jersey.
McKinnon signed a four-year, $30 million deal with the Niners last year, so it goes without saying that they expected him to play a significant role in their offense. It’s a shame the way things turned out for him.
The 49ers are 7-0 this year and look like they have a legitimate chance to reach the Super Bowl, but it’s nice to see they haven’t forgotten about McKinnon.
San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon’s horrible injury luck continues, and will cost him another full season.
The 49ers placed McKinnon on season-ending IR Saturday, ensuring that he will miss a second consecutive season due to knee problems.
McKinnon signed a four-year deal with the 49ers in 2018, and the first two years of that will be a lost cause now. He tore his ACL prior to the start of the 2018 season. That knee flared up again during preseason in 2019, and it was reported that he may need another procedure to correct the issue.
McKinnon has 1,918 rushing yards over four seasons, all with the Minnesota Vikings.
San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon looks poised to miss some significant time for a second consecutive season.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, McKinnon may need another procedure to address a flare-up in his surgically-repaired knee, which could land him on injured reserve.
McKinnon tore his ACL a year ago and did not play in 2018. The hope was that he’d be able to return and play a role in the San Francisco offense, but it looks unlikely that will happen at the start of the season after suffering a setback late in the preseason.
The 27-year-old last saw action in the NFL in 2017 with the Minnesota Vikings.
San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon is having a difficult time in his bid to rehab the season-ending ACL injury he suffered last year.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, McKinnon suffered a “flare-up,” and 49ers general manager John Lynch described it was “not encouraging.”
In short, it does not sound like McKinnon will be ready for Week 1. It has been nearly a year since he originally suffered the injury, but he doesn’t seem to be on the verge of playing again.
The 27-year-old McKinnon last played in 2017 with the Minnesota Vikings, where he rushed for 570 yards and three touchdowns in a supplementary role.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will miss the rest of the season after the team announced on Monday that he suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s game, and one of his teammates can certainly relate to being dealt such a significant blow.
Running back Jerick McKinnon, who tore his ACL during practice before the season even began, tweeted an inspirational message to Garoppolo after hearing the bad news.
McKinnon split time in the Minnesota Vikings’ backfield last year with Latavius Murray, but he was expected to play a huge role with the Niners after they signed him to a four-year, $30 million deal this past offseason. With both him and Garoppolo out for the year, Kyle Shanahan will need to be more than a bit creative to find ways to score points.
Garoppolo has also received support from a former teammate who knows how he feels, but that probably won’t make missing the entire season any easier.
Jerick McKinnon got the worst possible news on Saturday, and the San Francisco 49ers lost someone who was expected to be a big part of their offense.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, McKinnon suffered a torn ACL during Saturday’s practice and will miss the entire season.
It’s a brutal blow for the Niners. McKinnon was brought in to be San Francisco’s starting running back and dealt with a preseason knee injury, but he appeared to be healthy and avoided the worst before sustaining the ugly-looking injury in Saturday’s practice. To lose him this late in the preseason is a bitter blow.
Expect veteran Alfred Morris to get the bulk of the carries in McKinnon’s absence, with Matt Breida also in the mix.
Jerick McKinnon continues to have a rough preseason.
McKinnon suffered an injury in practice on Saturday. 49ers reporter Matt Barrows of The Athletic says he was told the injury “did not look good.”
McKinnon was signed by San Francisco during the offseason after spending the previous four years with Minnesota. He was expected to be the starter, but he suffered a knee injury earlier in the preseason, and now he’s dealing with another injury. The combination of injuries to McKinnon and Matt Breida led the team to sign Alfred Morris, who could be in line for the bulk of the carries to begin the season.
An injury scare involving San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon appears to be little more than that.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, MRI results on McKinnon’s right knee came back clear after an injury in Sunday’s practice, and the running back suffered only a muscle strain.
While there is no indication as to how long McKinnon will be absent, it doesn’t sound like a long-term injury, particularly nothing that will threaten his availability for Week 1. If healthy, he’s expected to get plenty of carries and be a key part of the revamped San Francisco offense under Kyle Shanahan.
Every year, we see NFL players across the league come into their own despite not having much of a track record. They can be all types; many are second- or third-year players who have matured and overcome injury or adapted to the NFL. There are others who were never highly-touted but find themselves in the right situation.
Each NFL team has breakout candidates. Here is a leading candidate from all of them.
Arizona Cardinals — Haason Reddick, LB
The 13th overall pick in last year’s draft flashed potential and appeared in all 16 games, but only started three of them. He still made an impact, with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles on the season. The Cardinals plan to move him to inside linebacker, where he’s been studying tape of Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. That bodes well for a big year two breakout.
Atlanta Falcons — Austin Hooper, TE
Year three could be the one that sees Hooper mature into a big target at tight end. His numbers improved last season, as he caught 49 passes and scored three touchdowns. A more prominent role and regular playing time could await him in 2018 and make him a Matt Ryan favorite. He’ll just have to compete with Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Atlanta’s talented running backs for touches.